Ducks recall Emery
The Anaheim Ducks announced on Wednesday that goaltender Ray Emery has been recalled from their American Hockey League affiliate.
The move comes just over one week after Emery, 28, was sent to the Syracuse Crunch to begin a conditioning stint. He won two of three games with the Crunch to begin another comeback attempt. He last played in the NHL in February 2010 with Philadelphia, undergoing hip surgery due to avascular necrosis, a disease where the interruption of blood supply destroys bone tissue.
Emery appeared in 29 games with Philadelphia last season, recording three shutouts while posting a 2.64 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.
Emery's first comeback came after repeated discipline issues while with Ottawa scared away other teams from signing him. The Hamilton native headed overseas, playing in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) before returning to North America to sign with the Flyers.
For his NHL career, Emery made 163 appearances with the Senators and Flyers, with a 2.70 average, .907 save percentage and 11 shutouts.
Anaheim has allowed a whopping 22 goals in a current three-game losing streak. Backup goalie Curtis McElhinney has cooled off after an impressive start to February, and Timo Pielmeier also struggled in net.
The Ducks are trying to stay in the Western Conference playoff hunt while star goalie Jonas Hiller battles with fatigue and dizziness.
Pielmeier was sent back down to the AHL.
"We hope to have Jonas by the weekend, but [now] is a good time [for Emery] to come up and work with our coaches and shooters," general manager Bob Murray was quoted as saying through the team's Twitter feed.
Anaheim hosts Los Angeles on Wednesday.